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  • Kerry 'taken aback' by James Foley's mother's reaction to handling of case

    09/12/2014 9:51:23 PM PDT · by plain talk · 82 replies
    The U.S. government Friday defended its handling of James Foley's case after the slain journalist's mother told CNN that officials suggested the family could be charged if they tried to raise money to free him. Saying everything possible had been done to bring the journalist home, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters officials worked very closely with Foley's family and with his employer, GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni. "Any advice that this department or other departments give to the families about what they should do in these situations is based solely on what is best for returning their loved one...
  • Qatar: Missing British Researchers Feared Tortured After World Cup Labour Conditions Investigation

    09/04/2014 1:55:09 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 4, 2014 19:16 BST | By Jack Moore
    Fears have been raised that two British men missing in Qatar may be tortured by authorities in the Gulf State following their investigation into the working conditions of migrants in construction for the 2022 World Cup. Krishna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire, both workers for Norwegian organisation Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), disappeared in the Qatari capital of Doha after complaints they had been followed by police. Ghimire's wife, Bandana, has spoken of her fears that her husband may be tortured at the hands of Qatari authorities. "We are aware of reports that two British nationals have been detained...
  • US releases ‘dangerous’ Iranian proxy behind the murder of US troops

    12/31/2009 7:43:06 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 33 replies · 2,966+ views
    Live War Journal ^ | December 31, 2009 | By Bill Roggio
    The US has released the leader of an Iranian-backed Shia terror group behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007.Qais Qazali, the leader of the Asaib al Haq or the League of the Righteous, was set free by the US military and transferred to Iraqi custody in exchange for the release of British hostage Peter Moore, US military officers and intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. The US military directly implicated Qais in the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007. “We let a very dangerous man go,...
  • Why Al Qaeda Released An American Hostage {Just after ISIS murdered one]

    08/26/2014 2:39:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/26/2014 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    Earlier today, the news broke that Peter Theo Curtis, an American who had been held hostage in Syria since 2012, has been released by his captors. Coming just days after another American hostage, James Foley, was brutally beheaded by the Islamic State, Curtis’s freedom brings a sense of relief. The details of Curtis’s captivity and release reveal much about how al Qaeda is operating nearly thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks. It is not an accident that Curtis’s fate differed from Foley’s. Curtis was held by Jabhat al Nusrah, which is al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria. Al Nusrah’s leaders...
  • Officer shot, hostage situation in Harvey

    08/19/2014 12:34:04 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 26 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 8/19/2014 | ABC7
    HARVEY, Ill. (WLS) -- A Harvey police officer was shot by a burglary suspect who is now holding people hostage inside a home at 147th and Robey, officials said. The officer was wounded in his arm, according to spokesperson Sean Howard, and was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital. The police officer came across a burglary in progress and exchanged fire with the offender, Howard said. The offender then ran into the home, where he is now holding people hostage. Officials do not know how many hostages are being held.
  • Teen held against her will by hospital for 16 months describes her ordeal.....(Justina Pelletier)

    06/29/2014 1:40:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 44 replies
    FULL TITLE: 'This should never happen again': Teen held against her will by hospital for 16 months describes her ordeal after finally being released Justina Pelletier, the Connecticut teenager 'kidnapped' by hospital staff 16 months ago, has described her traumatic ordeal in her first interview since her release. The 16-year-old was admitted to Boston Children's Hospital in February 2013 with the flu but was locked away in a psychiatric unit until this month after two hospitals clashed over her diagnosis. 'This should never happen again to anybody. To any kid or any person. They should never be put through what...
  • Iraq conflict: Forty Indians abducted in Mosul

    06/18/2014 8:33:29 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 June 2014
    India has confirmed that 40 of its citizens have been kidnapped in the violence-hit Iraqi city of Mosul. The men were construction workers, a ministry of external affairs spokesman said. India had not received any ransom demand, he added. A 24-hour helpline has been set up for the families and a special envoy is being sent to Baghdad. On Tuesday, the government said it was in touch with 46 Indian nurses stranded in a hospital in Tikrit. Tikrit and Mosul are under the control of the militant Sunni group ISIS. They are among a number of Iraqi towns and cities...
  • Taliban leaders held at Guantánamo Bay to be released in peace talks deal

    01/03/2012 3:14:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 39 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 1/3/12 | Julian Borger, and Jon Boone
    The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents' agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, the Guardian has learned. According to sources familiar with the talks in the US and in Afghanistan, the handful of Taliban figures will include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, and Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan. More controversially, the Taliban are demanding the release of the former army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund. Washington is reported to be considering formally handing him over to the custody...
  • Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been freed

    04/24/2014 10:05:44 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 6 replies
    poynter.org ^ | 24.04.2014 12:57 pm | Kristen Hare
    This tweet came from BBC Moscow’s acting bureau chief: Kevin Bishop @bishopk Urgent: hostage @SimonOstrovsky free and safe with me in car en route to Donetsk @RadioCanada J-François Bélanger Simon Ostrovsky is free - BBC has spoken to him direct. He is on his way to Donetsk. “VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health,” VICE said in a statement to Poynter. “We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Out of respect for Simon and his family’s privacy, we have...
  • Abbas dumps another US-led peace effort, Kerry gives up on shuttle, Pollard release recedes

    04/01/2014 1:40:39 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Debka file ^ | April 1, 2014, 11:05 PM (IST)
    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas did not announce his walkout from the negotiations with Israel or directly turn down the package of far-reaching Israeli concessions which US Secretary of State John Kerry assembled with Binyamin Netanyahu early Wednesday, April 1. He simply turned his back on the commitment he made ahead of the talks to refrain from unilateral applications to UN bodies while they were in progress. As soon as the US Secretary flew off to Brussels, he sent out applications for “the independent Palestinian state” to join 12 UN agencies as members. This was after the Palestinian leader upped his...
  • Kerry wants terror chief freed in exchange for Israeli spy

    04/01/2014 8:52:48 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    WND ^ | 3/31/14 | Aaron Klein
    Architect of Palestinian intifada, Pollard in peace-talks deal TEL AVIV – The U.S. consideration to free convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is tied to the release from Israeli jail of Marwan Barghouti, the accused architect of the Palestinian intifada, the terror campaign that began in September 2000, according to informed diplomatic sources here. The deal is being discussed between Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Besides the freedom of Barghouti, the U.S. is also demanding that Israel agree to a final-status framework deal on all core issues in exchange for releasing Pollard. Core issues include the...
  • Police Shoot Hostage Taker Outside Denver Convenience Store

    01/14/2014 8:58:09 AM PST · by kjam22 · 72 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-14-2014 | kjam22
    Looked and didn't see this posted anywhere.... Now here is a guy who has seen too many movies... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKXOG87bh3k
  • US Indicts 4 Colombia ELN Rebels for 2000 Kidnapping

    11/13/2013 1:45:17 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    LATIN AMERICA HERALD TRIBUNE ^ | November 8, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON – Four members of a violent guerilla organization were indicted on Friday on conspiracy and hostage-taking charges stemming from the kidnapping of more than 60 people in Colombia in 2000, including three United States nationals."
  • CryptoLocker: A particularly pernicious virus

    10/24/2013 11:15:25 AM PDT · by brityank · 32 replies
    Wndows Secrets ^ | October 24, 2013 | Susan Bradley
    CryptoLocker: A particularly pernicious virus   By Susan Bradley on October 24, 2013 in Top Story Online attackers are using encryption to lock up our files and demand a ransom — and AV software probably won’t protect you. Here are ways to defend yourself from CryptoLocker — pass this information along to friends, family, and business associates. Forgive me if I sound a bit like those bogus virus warnings proclaiming, “You have the worst virus ever!!” But there’s a new threat to our data that we need to take seriously. It’s already hit many consumers and small businesses. Called...
  • La Puente Pastor Returns Home After Release From Iranian Prison

    10/24/2013 10:30:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    CBS Local ^ | October 23, 2013
    A pastor is back home in La Puente tonight following his release from an Iranian prison. Pastor Edward Romero traveled to the country alone to protest the imprisonment of four Christians and their attorney. He spoke to KCAL9′s Andrea Fujii about the frightening ordeal. “The Lord says, ‘Let my people go so they may worship me.’ I said that in English, Farsi, I said that in Spanish and I listed the Iranian five there,” he recalled of his protest outside the prison. Romero got into the country under the guise of taking a tour in Turkey, but split from his...
  • *OBAMA REJECTS REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL FOR SHORT-TERM PLAN: NYT

    10/10/2013 3:32:28 PM PDT · by thought · 142 replies
    S&P futures are now over 15 points off the day's highs, as it seems equity investors were hoping for a Cumbaya moment after the White House meeting today. However, as Bloomberg reports, •*BOEHNER LEAVES OBAMA MEETING WITHOUT SPEAKING TO REPORTERS •*REPUBLICANS LEAVE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT MAKING STATEMENT •*OBAMA REJECTS REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL FOR SHORT-TERM PLAN: NYT It would seem that Obama's "unconditional surrender or default" position has merely placed the pressure to act back on Boehner's shoulders.
  • Gunman Who Took Hostages at Louisiana Bank Posted Chilling Facebook Messages

    10/05/2013 11:57:48 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies
    FOX NEWS.com ^ | August 14, 2013 | n/a
    "Gunman who took hostages at Louisiana bank posted chilling Facebook messages" SNIPPET: "The gunman who took three hostages at a Louisiana bank Tuesday -- killing one of them before being shot and killed by police -- recently posted chilling messages on Facebook, including a cartoon strip about hostages.   In a post on Sunday, 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed displays a cartoon strip that focuses on an apparent hostage situation." SNIPPET: "Ahmed's final post, made Tuesday just hours before the hostage standoff began, is of a photo of a man with a sword attacking a tank.Under the photo is a quote...
  • The Unbelievable Savagery of the Kenya Mall Terrorists

    09/30/2013 8:25:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 91 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 27, 2013 | Alec Torres
    <p>As if the senseless massacre of innocents in Nairobi’s Westgate mall was not horrific enough, reports are surfacing that the Islamic terrorists who seized the mall last weekend tortured, beheaded, raped, and mutilated their victims before killing them. A police doctor who entered the mall after the attack said these reports “are not allegations. Those are f***ing truths.”</p>
  • N. Korea: Pyongyang Orders Diplomats’ Children Home

    09/22/2013 3:29:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 20, 2013 | Alexander Martin
    September 20, 2013, 12:00 AM Pyongyang Orders Diplomats’ Children Home By Alexander Martin Biography Worried about possible threats to regime stability from North Korean children educated abroad, Pyongyang has ordered its diplomats and state trading company officials stationed overseas to send their children back to the North, an expert on the secretive regime says. Kansai University Prof. Lee Young Hwa said the order was the first of its kind passed under the North’s young leader Kim Jong Un, according to information he received from a North Korean trading official in China. The order, with a deadline set for the end...
  • 31 people dead in hostage standoff at Nairobi mall (36 hostages still held by Al Qaeda linked group)

    09/21/2013 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 21, 2013 | Michael Martinez. Faith Karimi and Zain Verjee, CNN
    There are 31 people confirmed dead in Saturday's attack at a Nairobi shopping mall, the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre tweeted. "Bodies in the lobby area and ground floor to be removed," the organization added. Several hours after the assault began, Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the bloodshed. There were also 100 people injured, the official said. As darkness fell in Nairobi, authorities said as many as 36 hostages are still being held by the gunmen in the mall... Americans were also injured in the attack, said Deputy State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf. But...
  • Update: One hostage dead, another seriously injured; gunman dead (St. Joeseph)

    08/14/2013 4:34:00 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 24 replies
    KNOE.com ^ | 8/14/13 | KNOE.com
    UPDATE: Wednesday 5:30a (KNOE 8 News) KNOE 8 News remains on the scene of the deadly bank hostage standoff in the Tensas Parish community of St. Joseph. In the past hour crews have removed a body from the bank, presumably that of shooter, 20-year-old Fruaed Ahmed. KNOE's April Dovorany reports Wednesday morning during Good Morning Arklamiss and will have an extended LIVE report at 6:20a. UPDATE WEDNESDAY 2:50 KNOE 8 News has just confirmed one hostage from the Tensas State Bank's branch in St, Joseph is dead. We're being told another hostage remains in the hospital in critical condition. The...
  • The Hostage Situation In St. Joseph

    08/13/2013 6:01:55 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 13 August 13 | Macoidh
    It looks as if there is something a little more going on than your typical bank robbery-gone-wrong scenario in St. Joseph this afternoon. What’s on the wires at present is this. Someone with what might be an automatic weapon has holed himself up in the Tensas State Bank in that sleepy burg along the Mississippi about 20 miles north of Natchez, and he apparently has at least three bank employees holed up with him. A state police hostage negotiator is on the scene, and it’s a developing situation. That’s what we know. Here’s what the grapevine is spitting out. First,...
  • Austrian Yemen hostage ‘feared execution’

    05/17/2013 10:54:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Gulf news - Reuters ^ | May 16, 2013
    Former hostage ‘spared after he recited verses from Quran’. Vienna: An Austrian man held hostage for five months in Yemen said he was kept in permanent darkness in a room too small to stand up in and was forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint. At one point, Dominik Neubaur told Austrian magazine News, he was taken out for what he thought would be his execution — but believed he was spared after he recited verses from the Quran. “I heard a weapon being loaded and felt its muzzle on the back of my head,” he said his first interview...
  • Bangladeshi man found chained in Greece as captors sought ransom

    03/31/2013 1:21:04 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Sunday March 31, 2013 (20:14)
    A 22-year-old man was found chained to a pole in a disused greenhouse by local police in Ileia in the Peloponnese on Saturday after being held captive by a gang of compatriots who had been demanding ransom for his release from his family in Bangladesh. According to police reports, nine suspects, all Bangladeshi nationals, had abducted the 22-year-old laborer and held him in the old greenhouse. They demanded 5,000 euros from their captive's family for his release, of which they received 2,000 euros. Police, who located the victim in the greenhouse after acting on tip-off from another Bangladeshi man who...
  • Alabama hostage boy safe, captor dead: Official

    02/04/2013 2:57:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 4, 2013 | Erin McClam and Gabe Gutierrez
    A 5-year-old boy held captive for seven days in an underground bunker in southern Alabama is alive and his kidnapper is dead, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Monday afternoon. Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old man described by his neighbors as a paranoid survivalist, grabbed the boy from a school bus last Tuesday afternoon. …
  • Alabama standoff 2013: Details emerge about man at center of hostage drama

    02/03/2013 7:23:52 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 37 replies
    15.com ^ | 3 February 2013
    MIDLAND CITY, AL - As an Alabama standoff and hostage drama marked a sixth day Sunday, more details emerged about the suspect at the center, with neighbors and officials painting a picture of an isolated man estranged from his family. Authorities say Jim Lee Dykes, 65 -- a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War known as Jimmy to neighbors -- gunned down a school bus driver and abducted a 5-year-old boy from the bus, taking him to an underground bunker on his rural property. The driver, 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr., was buried Sunday. Dykes, described as a loner who...
  • Hostage drama drags on after Alabama school bus shooting

    01/31/2013 6:48:02 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 61 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 31 January 2013 | Phil Sears
    MIDLAND CITY, Alabama (Reuters) - A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is a Vietnam veteran with anti-government views, authorities and an organization that tracks hate groups said on Wednesday. Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies were bivouacked near the bunker in Midland City but offered few details about a standoff with the shooter that stretched into its second day on Wednesday.Authorities said driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66, was killed after the gunman boarded a bus ferrying more than 20 children home from school...
  • Man kills Alabama bus driver, holds child hostage underground

    01/30/2013 9:29:49 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/30/2013 | Lateef Mungin, CNN
    (CNN) -- A gunman boarded a school bus in Alabama, took a 6-year-old boy hostage and killed the driver who tried to save him, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday and continued into Wednesday morning, with authorities still desperately trying to free the young child, who was being held by the gunman in an underground bunker. "We will continue to work diligently through the night in an effort to bring closure to this incident as quickly as possible," the Dale County Sheriff's Department said late Tuesday. Authorities identified the slain bus driver as 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr. Late...
  • Suspect in S. Ala. bus shooting said to have child in bunker

    01/29/2013 7:23:38 PM PST · by jodster36 · 23 replies
    WFSA News ^ | 1/29/13 | John Shyrock
    The Dale County Sheriff's Department has established a command post location at the intersection of 231 North and Private Road 1539 in Dale County, Alabama following a shooting Multiple agencies are present assisting with the incident where multiple reports are indicating that a bus driver was shot and a student on-board the bus was taken hostage. The incident started around 3:40pm Tuesday near Destiny Church The Sheriff's Department is confirming that one adult male was shot, though they could not say how serious the person's injuries were. There are no suspects in custody and officials would not confirm a child hostage situation Though there's no confirmed evidence of explosive devices,...
  • US Confirms Americans Taken After Algeria Attack (SecDef Panetta: "Terrorist Attack"

    01/16/2013 10:47:03 AM PST · by kristinn · 66 replies
    AP via U.S. News ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration is condemning an Islamist attack on a natural gas field in southern Algeria and confirming that Americans are among those being held hostage. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Italy that Americans were among the hostages and called the incident a "terrorist attack."
  • Hollande: Al-Qaeda 'Not to Be Trusted'

    12/30/2012 3:42:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Local ^ | 27 Dec 2012
    President François Hollande said on Thursday that Islamist groups holding French hostages in Africa were not trustworthy and should not be taken seriously after Al-Qaeda accused Paris of blocking negotiations for their release. There are a total of nine French hostages on the continent. On Tuesday the Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said France was snubbing talks proposed by the group to free four French citizens abducted in Niger in September 2010. "The less one speaks, the better one can work," Hollande told journalists during a visit to Rungis, a giant wholesale food market just outside Paris. "There have been...
  • Former FBI agent missing in Iran photographed in Guantánamo jumpsuit

    01/09/2013 1:12:31 AM PST · by MestaMachine · 46 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 08 Jan 2013 | Barney Henderson
    Former FBI agent missing in Iran photographed in Guantánamo jumpsuit By Barney Henderson 8:44PM GMT 08 Jan 2013 The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran in 2007, have released pictures of him dressed in an orange jumpsuit like a Guantánamo Bay prisoner, as they continue to hold hope that he is still alive.
  • WATCH: Former Iran Hostage Says Obama Administration Demonstrating ‘Same Ambivalent’ Foreign Policy

    11/04/2012 12:05:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    fox ^ | 11/4/12 | staff
    On Happening Now today, Jenna Lee spoke with Don Cooke, who was taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, exactly 33 years ago. Cooke was 24 at the time and one of four officers at the embassy when it was overrun by Islamic militants. Cooke described the 444-day hostage crisis and discussed the current state of affairs between the United States and Iran. Protesters took to the streets in Iran in recent days to mark the occasion, and denounce America. Cooke said the crisis started during a period – under President Jimmy Carter – of “ambivalent” foreign policy toward...
  • Iran starts uranium enrichment, condemns American to death

    01/09/2012 11:31:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 9, 2012 7:56pm EST | Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has begun enriching uranium deep inside a mountain and sentenced an American to death for spying, angering the West and undermining hopes that diplomacy could avert further sanctions or war. The start of enrichment at the Fordow bunker near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom was confirmed on Monday by an Iranian official in Tehran and by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran says its nuclear program is purely non-military but the West believes it is designed to produce nuclear weapons. The Islamic Republic's decision to carry out enrichment work deep underground could eventually make it much...
  • Egypt mediators try to remove Salafist Bedouin from MFO base. US force under siege

    09/15/2012 7:38:31 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    Debka ^ | 9/15/12
    Contrary to Egyptian claims to be in control of the Multinational Force in northern Sinai base after its invasion by Salafist Bedouin gunmen Friday night, all they had managed to do by Saturday morning was to mediate between the New Zealand general who commands the base and the invaders on terms for their departure. The gunmen linked to al Qaeda still control the exits and entrances to the Al Ghora base, holding hundreds of US officers, soldiers and airmen to siege.
  • Al Qaeda Releases New Video of American Hostage

    09/13/2012 5:00:43 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    Al Qaeda has released a new video of American hostage Warren Weinstein delivering a personal message to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. In the video, Weinstein, 71, believed to be held in the tribal regions along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, appears healthy and calm, speaking in a soft, controlled manner.
  • U.S. won't negotiate with al Qaeda on American hostage Warren Weinstein

    05/07/2012 2:01:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    cbs.com ^ | 5/7/12 | AP
    AP) WASHINGTON - The White House says the Obama administration does not and will not negotiate with al Qaeda even though it is concerned about the safety and well-being of a 70-year-old American aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan nine months ago. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration condemns the kidnapping of Warren Weinstein and called for his immediate release. In a video released by al Qaeda, Weinstein said he would be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the group's demands.
  • Father arrives home to hostage situation, is shot and still manages to return fire and stop(OH)

    03/14/2012 8:40:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    The Daily Jeffersonian of Cambridge, Ohio is reporting that a hostage situation led to a pair of shootings in Guernsey County's Liberty Township on February 28 and sent two men to the hospital with gunshot wounds. From the article: According to a Southeastern Med spokesperson, the male assailant who allegedly held the second man's family hostage was in "critical" condition following surgery at the hospital and the male victim who was initially shot was in "serious" condition following surgery. "They were both taken by ambulance to Southeastern Med," Guernsey County Sheriff Mike McCauley said. "I do know the victim was...
  • Al Qaeda Leader Zawahiri Says He Has American Hostage

    12/01/2011 3:17:55 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | DECEMBER 1, 2011 | RYM MOMTAZ
    In a newly released audio message, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri claims that his organization is holding hostage Warren Weinstein, a 70-year-old American who went missing last August in Pakistan. Zawahiri's statement is the first official claim of responsibility by any group in relation to the kidnapping, and a U.S. official said the statement buttressed earlier "indications" that al Qaeda might be holding the American. "I tell the captive soldiers of Al Qaeda and the Taliban and our female prisoners held in the prisons of the crusaders and their collaborators, we have not forgotten you and in order to free...
  • Filmmaker fears for Somali pirate hostage

    01/28/2012 8:42:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    KABC ^ | Friday, January 27, 2012 | Elex Michaelson and Miriam Hernandez
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (KABC) -- The Somali pirates who are holding a Southern California man hostage released a statement Friday night saying they have moved the man around four times in fear of a Navy SEALs attack. This comes after the dramatic rescue of two other hostages this week, possibly putting his life at risk. Michael Scott Moore, an author and journalist from Manhattan Beach, had been working from Berlin, Germany, and had traveled to Somalia before to conduct research. But this time, he was captured. There are conflicting reports from Somalia about whether the pirates plan to hold him ransom...
  • Prime Minister's statement on Alan McMenemy

    01/20/2012 4:35:55 PM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.number10.gov.uk/news/prime-minister-statement-on-alan-mcmenemy/ Prime Minister's statement on Alan McMenemy Friday 20 January 2012 Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed the British Embassy in Baghdad have received the body of hostage Alan McMenemy. The Prime Minister said: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm that the British Embassy in Baghdad received a body today that has been identified as Alan McMenemy, who was kidnapped in Baghdad in 2007, along with four other men. The bodies of Jason Swindlehurst, Jason Creswell and Alec MacLachlan were returned in 2009. Peter Moore was the only hostage released alive...
  • Iran sentences American man to death in CIA case

    01/09/2012 10:47:41 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 9, 2012, 10:18 AM EST | NASSER KARIMI
    An Iranian court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state radio reported Monday, in a case adding to the accelerating tension between the United States and Iran. Iran charges that as a former U.S. Marine, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission. The radio report did not say when the verdict was issued. The 28-year-old former military translator was born in Arizona and graduated from high school in Michigan. His family is of...
  • Ex-FBI agent who vanished in Iran: "Help me"

    12/09/2011 3:34:59 AM PST · by nuconvert · 25 replies
    Long after he vanished in Iran, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson reappeared in a video and a series of photographs sent to his family over the past year, transforming a mysterious disappearance into a hostage standoff with an unknown kidnapper, The Associated Press has learned.
  • Al Qaeda Leader Zawahiri Claims He Is Holding American Jewish Man Hostage

    12/02/2011 10:53:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/2/11 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Warren Weinstein, pictured above, is a 70-year-old Jewish American and former USAID worker who was kidnapped from his bed late August in Pakistan. Now, a newly released audio message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri claims responsibility for Weinstein’s disappearance and says the militant Islamist group is holding the man hostage. This supports a U.S. official’s claim that ”it’s entirely possible that al Qaeda or one of its militant allies may be holding Mr. Weinstein.” In the 30-minute long statement, which is reportedly circulating on jihadi-websites, al-Zawahiri states: “I tell the captive soldiers of al Qaeda and the Taliban and...
  • Warren Weinstein, American contractor, abducted in Pakistan

    SNIPPET: "From a compound in Lahore, Pakistan to a home in the quiet Brad Drive neighborhood in Rockville, there's growing concern about the fate of kidnapped American contractor Warren Weinstein. "It's just a Byzantine world, it's not straight up", says Chis Meyers, a neighbor and a widely travelled retired marine. "There's people who are going to pick out Americans", he adds. Authorities say Weinstein, 70, an industrial development expert, employed by Arlington-based J.E. Austin associates was kidnapped around 3:45 Saturday morning Pakistani time. Police say eight to ten men approached Weinstein's Lahore house on a ploy. "They had come up...
  • Tunisia: Islamic Students Besiege University

    11/29/2011 2:44:09 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS.com - News Brief ^ | November 29, 2011 05:44 Reported | n/a
    SNIPPET: "A group of 40 Islamic students besieged a university near the capital city in Tunisia and held students and teachers hostage."
  • Iran: America’s Options - We have been indulging in wishful thinking for a decade...

    11/16/2011 2:32:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | November 16, 2011 | Jim Lacey
    Iran: America's OptionsWe have been indulging in wishful thinking for a decade. It's time to stop. In 2007, America’s intelligence agencies delivered a National Intelligence Estimate to President Bush declaring: “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” As the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) makes clear, Iran did indeed end its “structured” nuclear-weapons program. Kudos to the intel agencies for spotting this change. Where they did much less well was in spotting that the “structured” nuclear-weapons program was transitioned into an “unstructured” nuclear-weapons program.One might wonder what the...
  • Unionized Government Takes and Spends More

    10/14/2011 10:20:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/14/2011 | Jack McHugh
    An organization with close ties to government employee unions is trumpeting pronouncements by a university “labor studies” department (that’s also closely aligned with unions), claiming the unionization of government employees has “no link” with state “deficits.” Michigan’s largely unionized state, local and school employees, however, are granted fringe benefits exceeding what they would get in the private sector by $5.7 billion every year. The figure may start to fall now that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation capping local government and public school employee health insurance benefits at $15,000, which represents a haircut for many, but is still 46...
  • Are Senate Democrats (Like Reid) Holding America Hostage By Blocking Obama's Jobs Bill?

    10/04/2011 3:33:05 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    10/4/2011 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The GOP needs to give the Dems a taste of their own medicine. Remember when Senate and House Dems said that Tea Party Republicans were supposedly holding America hostage over raising the debt ceiling? Well, well... Obama said that he wants his jobs bill back and fast. America desperately needs this, he said. So why then is Reid (according to a Oct. 4th Washington Times article) holding up the jobs bill? A GOP leader in the Senate wants a vote on it now, but around 10-12 Senate Dems (those up for re-election in 2012) don't want to go anywhere near...
  • Barbara Boxer says Republicans, "hostage taking". Calls Mitch McConnell, "strong".

    08/02/2011 10:32:05 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 12 replies
    The US Senate | 8/3/11 | Self
    On the floor of the Senate, calling them hostage takers. Shameless twit this one; Barbara Boxer (Democrate, California)